Black tea - Jardin Premier*
Our adventurer’s spirit has taken us far off the beaten track to bring back this unique and surprising tea from a new continent: New Zealand inscribes its unexpected name in our tea catalogue.
Irrigated by the largest river on the island, the Waikato (in Maori « flowing water ») is known for its large biodiversity. In the north of the territory, a small garden dedicates itself to the confection of this cru exclusively for Mariage Frères.
Dried leaves :
The buds are harvested manually then delicately crafted so as to give a deep, matte ebony finish. The nose resonates with subtle, woody overtones. An elegantly floral aroma evokes the narcissus that grows along the volcanic foothills of the aptly named « Smoking Island ».
Infused leaves :
Dazzling shades of tan & amber. A fruity heart note gracefully defined by blackcurrant and plum leads into a soaring aroma of antique rose while in the background notes of cashew and autumn truffle linger about.
Crystalline amber, fruity and supple like a quince poached in strawberry tree berry syrup, with an infinite persistence as invigorating as licorice candy.
Black is très Beautiful!